Don’t go accusing me of being “holier than the Pope.” I am merely clarifying what constitutes proper Church teaching for the readers of this blog, and as a son of Holy Mother Church. I love Pope Francis, as a brother—or, should I say, Holy Father in the faith. I just think he gets some moral matters incorrect. This one falls into the purview of my blog, and so I feel compelled to write about it.[click to continue...]
One of the main objectives in practicing Lent is to grow in the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the means by which we moderate, or control, our desire for pleasure.[click to continue...]
Do you have a living will? Do you know what it says about “extraordinary care?”
If not, re-read that section of your living will. If your document says something to the effect that “no extraordinary care shall be taken” to extend your life, shred your document and get something else.
The medical community and Catholic moral teaching have differing definitions of “extraordinary care.”
Pickering, Sr. brought a gun with him to the hospital and barricaded himself inside his son’s room, inducing a three-hour standoff. This illegal maneuver actually ended up saving his son’s life.
He felt his son just needed a little more time to prove he had not passed away. Three hours was all it took.[click to continue...]
The hard work is not always apparent in how it is paying off. In fact, the pro-life advocacy may feel as though it is adding years to your life. New wrinkles and gray hairs seem to be popping up in places they were not before.
Sounds as though you are experiencing pro-life advocacy burnout. Let’s discuss a few remedies for this.[click to continue...]
In my experience I do not find the defiance against the Church to be on an intellectual level as much as it is a matter of the heart.
Far more people reject Catholic moral teachings because they simply do not want them to be true than because they think the teachings are untrue.
Catholic author GK Chesterton famously observed, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”[click to continue...]
“Even if the presence of a spiritual soul cannot be ascertained by empirical data, the results themselves of scientific research on the human embryo provide ‘a valuable indication for discerning by the use of reason a personal presence at the moment of the first appearance of a human life: how could a human individual not be a human person?’[click to continue...]
The late Holy Father, Pope Saint John Paul II addressed the Bible’s silence on direct abortion. He speaks about it in section 61 of his papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (‘The Gospel of Life’).[click to continue...]
If you heard this once, you heard it a million times. If only we all increased use of contraception, then we would see the number of abortions decrease.
Does such an argument hold up under scrutiny?
Let us turn to a papal encyclical, written by Pope Saint John Paul II, for some clarity. After all, no one else more famously opposes contraception and abortion as the Catholic Church.[click to continue...]
Then Pope Saint John Paul II ties it all up and directs us back to governmental intrusions, like the two child policy in China.
“Thus the Church condemns as a grave offense against human dignity and justice all those activities of governments or other public authorities which attempt to limit in any way the freedom of couples in deciding about children.”[click to continue...]